Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Design Tip Tuesday - How to Choose the Right Lamp Shades

Lampshades are an important part of any rooms decor. They should compliment not only the style of the lamp on which they perch, but should also compliment the function of the lamp as a light source as well.

Choosing the right lampshade is easy if you just follow these simple tips!

1 Lampshades should be one to two-thirds the height of the lamp.

2 Consider the lamps location. If sitting on a table, you don’t want it to overhang as it could be easily knocked. Usually the widest part of the lampshade should be no more than two inches wider or two inches narrower in diameter than the widest part of the lamp base.

3 You want the shape of the lampshade to compliment the shape of the lamp. If the lamp has a round base, then choose a round shade, and if its base is square then something more angular would work well.

4 The lampshade colour and fabric should be chosen to match your decor. Howerver, consider that opaque shades give off significantly less light. If the lamp is being used at a reading area, perhaps a translucent shade would be more appropriate.

Happy Decorating!

(Image: Lamp)